the Invitationals are Going in 2006
2006 schedule boasts nine Invitational events to be
held throughout the year. Part three of the five-part
series focusing on the 2006 schedule highlights the
courses, new and old, that will be visited during these
Golf Club and Spa, home of the 2006 Rolex Girls
Thunderbird International Junior will kick off the Invitationals
May 26-29.The seventh annual event will be played on
the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale,
Ariz. This par-72 course plays at a distance of 7,108
yards and is sure to challenge anyone who makes his
or her way to the tee. Designed by legendary golf course
architect Tom Fazio, the course opened for play in 1994
and has since hosted a number of world-class events.
The 84-player field will have the opportunity to experience
the desert as they make their way around this world-class
will bring about two more Invitationals at the Rolex
Girls Junior Championship and the FootJoy Boys Invitational.
The Rolex Girls Junior Championship will be held in
Park City, Utah, at the Glenwild Golf Club and Spa.
Another Fazio-designed course, Golf Digest ranks Glenwild
#1 in the state of Utah. Open in 2001, the course is
sure to challenge the field. The FootJoy Boys Invitational
will visit Forest Oaks Country Club in Greenboro, N.C.,
for the third straight year. Home of the PGA TOUR’s
Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, Forest Oaks was redesigned
in 2003 with the help of AJGA alumnus Davis Love III.
FootJoy Boys Invitational host, Forest Oaks Country
Rolex Tournament of Champions is the next stop on the
summer’s Invitational schedule. Hiwan Golf Club
will host its first Invitational event after three years
of hosting AJGA Open events. At nearly 8,000 feet in
elevation, the prestigious course founded and hosted
the Colorado Open PGA event from 1964-1991. Small, undulating
greens and incredible mountain views will be awaiting
the Rolex Tournament of Champions field.
McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship is scheduled
to make its way back to Malvern, Pa., where it will
again be held at White Manor Country Club. In its third
year at the club, the field is already aware of the
many challenges that are laid out before them. Previously
home to the LPGA McDonald’s Classic, White Manor
has recently undergone major renovations and is looking
forward to another exciting year with the AJGA.
HP Boys Junior Championship will be held July 24-28
at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge. One
of the most prestigious events on the AJGA’s schedule,
the HP Boys Junior Championship looks forward to the
opportunity to once again return to Bay Hill, home of
the PGA TOUR’s Bay Hill Invitational. Designed
with wide fairways and many “risk and reward”
options, Bay Hill will prove a challenge for the elite
2006 Canon Cup will return to the host facility of the
2002 event, Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill.
Originally a dairy farm set outside of Chicago, the
course has become recognized as one of the best in the
state. The Fazio design is certain to hold plenty of
challenges for the 2006 Canon Cup teams. In addition
to hosting AJGA events, it was also the site of the
1997 NCAA Men’s Division I Championship and the
1998 U.S. Junior Amateur.
Farms Golf Club in Aurora, Ore., will host the Nike
Golf Junior Championship for the fourth straight year.
Having previously hosted the Polo Golf Junior at Langdon
Farms and the PING Langdon Farms Junior Classic, the
course is now a challenge for the 12-15 year old junior
all-stars. Settled just south of Portland, Langdon Farms
offers wide fairways and quick greens, which will certainly
provide a challenge for the tournament field.
final event of 2006 will take place in November at the
Polo Golf Junior Classic. This Invitational is traditionally
held Thanksgiving weekend and will be held again at
Sea Island Golf Club in St. Simon’s Island, Ga.
The Seaside and Plantation Courses will be utilized
in both the stroke play and match play formats. No stranger
to world-class events, Sea Island was the home of the
2004 Mid-Amateur Championship and will host the 2006
U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Before becoming the
home of the Polo Golf Junior Classic, Sea Island hosted
the 2003 Canon Cup. The Robb Report ranks Sea Island
as the #1 Golf Resort in the U.S. The talented field
that will be present in Sea Island will enjoy all the
challenges that the course holds.
Monday, part four of the five-part schedule release
series will focus on the Nike Golf Junior All-Star Series.
With new venues scheduled for the Series, it is sure
to be an exciting season.
to view the entire 2006 schedule.